The term “destiny” is a lighter replacement for “fate”, some people have problem with later because it sounds superstitious, so they prefer the term “destiny”, which is defined as: something that you ought to be and if you divert, you do not get satisfaction. For the scope of this article meaning of these two term do not differ, as they both have to do with the predetermined future. I assure you that in this article is not to confuse you similar to plenty available scholarly articles on this topic, they just seem to entertain using logic, science and metaphysics but many of them have no substance.
Interestingly, arguments in this article holds ground only if we accept the concept of TIME, ie past, present and future, this dissection of time may not exist for real other than in our imagination and we maybe living in only present even using the word “present” is misleading, in that case no comparison of events such as, what if I had chosen A instead of B and no going back is possible, then the concept of destiny can’not stand.
This is a never ending debate topic, whether destiny exist for real. Arguments almost always ended up inconclusively for most times but people have agreed that it ultimately boils down to final thing: do we have any freedom of choice ? Because the past is fixed and that past is also fixed by its own past and so on. We are constrained in a present situation ( available options ) which is predetermined by the continuum of events that occurred before it. Our skills, knowledge and ability to take desirable decision is also conditioned thereby fixated by past experiences and beliefs. It is worth pointing that, it is difficult to tell that in a moment when I will be taking another important decision will make much difference no matter what the options I select.
This is because as soon as we use thought to decide, we are already fixated by past. Suppose I am trying to take a best possible decision which basically thought mechanism is telling me from the data it has gathered over the lifetime and analyzed, all that is shadow of past. That means by my best hoped possible decision is fixed unless I deliberately take wrong decision. this has a hint why sometime poorly made decisions have unexpected result, again for taking bad decision knowingly one has to use thinking that means some logic such as after reading this article you take a bad decision expecting a opposite and favorable result, so that bad decision is not the real one, in practice a bad decision may exist when you are forced to take it unwillingly or because of incorrect information and that may have unexpected results which I talked about.
Thought, thinking, mind or whatever word you may use is all. similar movement and a product of past. This logical reasoning that say, from past nothing new is ever born, whatever will be there it is going to be a modified product from the same DNA. We hear, greater the risk greater the reward, we have seen this happening, only drastic change in life have meaningful impact anything based on thought or habit can safeguard us from dangers and big losses but it cannot have surprising outcome.
Our thinking mechanism was always condemned by spiritual guides of antiquity and present day, who say, it is barely of any use and nothing productive can come out of it. that is also a common experience that mind boggling ideas were not a direct result of our brainstorming instead they seem to be coming from outside as if antenna is caching them. When we use thought (I mean overdo) to find a solution of a problem, chances of succeeding is already dimmed, this theory can be supported by our observations that we get good results with only moderate amount of thinking and over thinking mostly has null or opposite results.
Coming back to our “freedom to decide” it is now somewhat clear that, no freedom is possible here because the conditions are fixed and thought is fixed and excess thinking do not seem to yield anything, it maybe be safe to say thought is fixed, then a next important question arises why different people land up different situations in life? are their fate fixed by destiny etc. Because there is fate or destiny for real.
A freedom of action, freedom to decide or free will whatever word we may use is, only available after one attains enlightenment or progressing toward it. As long as it has not occurred there man will be bound to destiny, term enlightenment is interchangeable with other like ultimate freedom or liberation, that means person is freed from past and and its stranglehold and now has his own will.
Now there is going to be abrupt end of this article because I do not want to discuss a lot on why and how enlightenment affects free will. if I do then it become an exercise for mind and we end up doing the same thing that scholarly articles do, so this is where things are to be understood from ones own experience, through meditation !